NEW BRUNSWICK, - A New Brunswick police lieutenant was demoted to sergeant following a Jan. 2017 internal affairs review, public records show.

City officials confirmed at the Feb. 7, 2018 city council meeting that William Oels III was the officer who had been demoted.

But they declined to discuss Oels’ demotion at the meeting, citing a policy to not discuss personnel matters in public.

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The Jan. 2017 internal affairs report indicates that a police lieutenant was suspended for 10 and one-fourth days for violating regulations on “performance of duty.”

A lieutenant was demoted to sergeant after violating regulations on “performance of duty,” according to the same report.

Oels was one of six officers promoted to lieutenant in Aug. 2015, according to a city statement, in addition to three other officers who were promoted.

Public records show that Oels joined the force in 2004 and currently earns a salary of $146,937.

Editor Daniel J. Munoz,